From Emmanuel Iyoho
An international humanitarian, non-governmental organisation, Qatar Charity and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of 200 housing units for widows in the Federal Capital Territory.
The MoU was signed during a courtesy visit by the Qatar Ambassador to Nigeria, Ali Bin Ghaneim Al Hajri, to the FCTDA.
The FCT minister, Mohammed Bello, said that the religions of Christianity and Islam encourage taking care of widows and vulnerable members of society, saying the FCTA was granting full support to the project from Qatar Charity.
The minister also said that the FCT administration was also in discussion with Qatar Charity for the establishment of an office for the organisation in Abuja and an orphanage to take care of children, who, for reasons not of their own making, have lost their parents.
Bello equally revealed that due to the very close relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leader of the State of Qatar, the Qatar Charity is also considering establishing an world-class hospital in Abuja.
The minister said that the FCT Administration was working hard to make the nation’s capital a destination of choice for world-class medical services across the country and indeed West Africa.
This proposed project, Bello said, would add value to the status of Abuja as a very important medical care destination on the African continent.
The FCTDA, he also revealed, was making efforts to identify land in a suitable location for the immediate commencement of the hospital project for the benefit of humanity.
Bello called for the widening of the business and commercial relationship between the State of Qatar and Nigeria, adding that the nation’s capital is well located to be the driver of this process taking into cognizance the direct air link between Doha and Abuja.
The Qatar Ambassador to Nigeria, Ali Bin Ghaneim Al Hajri,revealed that the housing project for widows would be completed by the end of the year.
Also present at the event were the chief of staff to the minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the executive secretary of the FCTDA, Shehu Ahmed, Mr Hamdi Said Muhammad, head of Qatar Charity in Nigeria and other senior officials of the FCTDA.